Making Friends With Death

with Kirsten DeLeo
Friday 6 October, 7:30pm, to Sunday 8 October, 1pm

Renowned author and meditation teacher Kirsten DeLeo takes us on a journey to transform fears around dying and death. Join us to discover that death is actually about life; about finding the heart of being human.

We will all die, we just don’t know when or how. How would our lives change, if we took this reality to heart, even in small ways and well before it is imminent? Reflecting on death is nothing to avoid, on the contrary, it is highly recommended in all wisdom traditions of the world.

Participants will be inspired by Kirsten’s kind, warm and down-to-earth guidance, which can help us come to terms with or even make friends with our own and our loved ones’ mortality.

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for you if:

  • You have begun to become more aware of your own mortality.
  • You expect to be – or maybe are already – looking after someone in the process of dying.
  • You have read books on the topic and now want something practical to deepen your understanding and insights.
  • You have thought about death quite a bit, but so far have not been able to share freely with others about what you think and feel.
  • In your job, you work with people who are approaching the end of their lives or who are bereaved and you want to be better able to engage with them.

What to expect

  • Meeting like minded people
  • Guided reflections, contemplative practices and mindful movement exercises
  • Short talks, practical resources, group discussions and periods of silence
  • Time for rest and relaxation
  • Enjoying nature

Learn to live fully and joyfully in this very moment

During this retreat you will learn skilful ways to work with fears around dying and death. It’s also an opportunity to look at what may hold us back and keep us from living fully and joyfully in this very moment.


In the supportive environment of the natural beauty of the Beara peninsula, away from the busyness of everyday life, this special retreat is an open invitation to explore the deeper dimensions of dying and death. The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.


Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

Book online now

Fee €275
Concession €235

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact
(2) you can avail of a concession only if you stay in the hostel or share a room in a cottage or the Care Centre with your friend/partner, or stay off site.

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email to request assistance from our retreat fund or to discuss flexible payment options.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area is available here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.

Online booking here
Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032


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Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo is a meditation teacher and author of the award-winning book “Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide for Accompanying the Dying”.
Kirsten has accompanied seriously ill patients and their families for more than twenty-five years and has been immersed in Buddhist practice for over twenty years, including a three-year meditation retreat. She helped to pioneer “Authentic Presence”, one of the first training programmes in contemplative end-of-life care in the US. Kirsten lives near Dzogchen Beara where she teaches regularly and supports the guests of the Spiritual Care Centre. Kirsten is known for her clarity and warmth and shares the practices of meditation and compassion in a down-to-earth way.
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